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Ristorante Lombardo

4.8
975 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Rated ten out of ten plates by Andrew Galarneau of the Buffalo news is one reason why Ristorante Lombardo, is often referred to as the "Best Italian in Buffalo". Open since 1975 our menus consist of original creations inspired by authentic regional Italian cuisine. Our kitchen boasts a wood burning oven used to prepare thin crust wood fired pizza, whole organic chicken saltimbocca and more. Fresh handmade pastas highlight the menu and change with the seasons. An award winning Caesar Salad is prepared table side and the daily specials are just that - special! Complement your meal with one of the more than 30 fine wines available by the glass or with a bottle from our extensive wine list. After dinner, sample one of the house made desserts accompanied by espresso, cappuccino, amaro, grappa or dessert wine.

Ristorante Lombardo's "3 for $33" special available Monday through Thursday is a hit among customers who appreciate great food on a reasonable budget.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Lunch: Friday's Only - 11:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(716) 873-4291
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Obarka
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Virgil and Lovering
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Parking details
We also use valet on busier nights
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 975 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.9
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great service. Superb staff, chef, menu and meal.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The Lombardo family and their exceptional staff always provide a memorable dining experience. It is a beautiful restaurant and my wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and to our surprise a congratulations card and two glasses of champagne were brought to our table shortly after being seated. In a nutshell, the meals, deserts and ambiance are outstanding and we highly recommend giving Lombardo's a try for your next evening out or special occasion.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always a special occasion at Tom's place. The top Italian restaurant in the top 10 of all restaurants in Western New York

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

A great place to celebrate any event or just dining with family. Our dinner were wonderful and the staff as well. They have a heated patio,which we often enjoy. One of the best trsturants in Buffalo

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food is stupendous and the service excellent. Be prepared to spend $100 a head.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Mr Lombardo is always a bright face when you walk in and is very welcoming. Aaron are server was great. One of my favorite places in the city.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

First patio dinner for the season! I was planning on having the fixed price three course menu, until I got there and the server reviewed the daily specials. Soft-shelled crab. From the regular menu, grilled octopus salad and grilled fig salad. Everything very shareable. Knowledgeable servers, and lots of attention from staff without being intrusive. I am so enthused about this restaurant, already planning my next visit.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

This was my first visit to Lombardo's. The ambience was terrific, our waitress, Susan I believe, was larger than life both in height and in humor. She knew the menu cold and provided awesome advice. The combination of a terrific wine selection, amazing plates and great service makes this my fave Italian restaurant here in Buffalo. I love octopus and it was served as a delicious appetizer. Grilled and garnished perfectly. My main was linguine nero with shrimp and calamari that also was scrumptious. Finishing off the meal with an Affogato left a fine taste and wonderful memory of a superb restaurant. Awesome work, we'll be back.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

superior food. Best pasta in Buffalo. Steak and salmon were just right.
Excellent wine list.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

If there is a special occasion where a great meal would put the "final touch" on the day, Lombardo's is the place! Top shelf drinks, expert wait staff, terrific made to order dishes are the main selling points, but the staff's attention to detail is impeccable.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mother's Day - it was an awesome time - we spent three hours here and had the best service ever. I can't wait to return!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Still my choice as the best restaurant in Buffalo. The Lombardi’s are warm and welcoming.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We don't dine at high end restaurants on a regular basis but everything was absolutely fabulous from the personal greeting at the door, delicious Italian cuisine, A+ servers, and valet parking. Truly added to the special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Lombardo's. The staff makes you feel special and the food is great. Also, where else can you go and dress up and not feel out-of-place. The noise level was so low that we could actually carry on a conversation without yelling. Lombardo's is the place to go to dine as opposed to just going out to eat dinner.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Had been looking forward to eating here for a few years, and finally had the opportunity. Veal was on chewy side, and steak was fair... maybe. Potatoes so powerfully seasoned to the point of being well overdone and almost unpalatable. Wine (high remarks for their recommendations), shrimp, and pasta were excellent. Expected so much better from things I’d heard, though. Service was very good, valet attendants exceptional, place itself is beautiful, but considering food quality, I’ve paid half and had tremendously better. Even the chocolate creme brûlée (my favorite dessert) was a disappointment. The custard texture was inconsistent and not creamy, don’t know how else to describe other than a stove top pudding gone wrong.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great ambience, good service! Best salad was good, Wife loved the linguine pasta! I ordered the braised lamb shank and wasn't impressed at all actually (sauce cold and thin)! Calamari was pretty darn oily and saggy! Tiramisu was excellent and we ended ordering another one!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The dinner was to celebrate my son's birthday. Everything was perfect from the food to the service. The special touch of having a birthday card on the table when we arrived was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Amazing food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Always excellent food and service. Recently renovated, it's got a plush feel but not stuffy. My only critique is that some more affordable wines would be nice. You really can't find anything less than $45-$50. Doesn't stop me from going back, though.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Always a great experience at Lombardo's! Food is top notch, service is great. Got the table-side Caesar salad, which was really good. Scallop appetizer was perfect. And dessert - WOW! Chocolate creme brulee with frozen peanut butter mousse... and the server brought us some vanilla bean gelatto to go with - I can't stop thinking about how AWESOME it was!
Since it was my husband's birthday, they had a card at the table and put a candle in the dessert. Those touches make it so special!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Very good restaurant.
If you like to have a nice dinner in a classy atmosphere, it is the place to be. They even provide valet service.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Lombardo's is my go to place when entertaining out of town guests.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The restaurant and staff out did themselves. We were celebrating both a retirement and birthday, same person, and they really made the night enjoyable

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

My wife went here for the first time on 4/17/18. We had received a gift card as a Christmas gift, and decided to finally use it. We live over 45 minutes from this restaurant. All was wonderful. Our table was very private, the wine list extensive, the server was wonderful and very friendly and helpful. Our only disappointment, was that for an Italian restaurant, there we few pasta items on the menu. My wife loves lasagna, and there was none to be had. We would probably not go here again, as it is a bit pricey, and is a good distance from our home. By the way the chocolate martini and the dessert with the banana were absolutely to die for!!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Always always always the BEST WNY can do when it comes to fine dining!

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I had reservations for 8:45, table was not ready when we got there.
We ordered the meatball appetizer and the waiter came right back saying we were too late another table got the last meatball dish.
Ordered a pizza instead. I just didn’t like the marinara sauce.
My dish was ok, but my husband had the veal Marsala and he said the veal was tough. I thought dessert menu was limited. Ordered coffee waiter brought over decaf coffee. I never said decaf. Staff was very attentive and nice, but we will not be back.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

They always do a great job

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Nice evening meal with good food and wine without much fuss.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Pleasant surprise. Price vs. portion was slightly skewed but quality did a decent job of making up for it.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food and service is amazing. The gluten free pasta is handmade and the best we've had at any restaurant. Wine list is exceptional and the servers are extremely friendly and knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Always a treat to dine at Lonbardos!!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Ristorante Lombardo was much fancier than we expected, and we were somewhat underdressed - all the men were in at least business casual attire and many were in suits. However, we were still treated very courteously and the food was very good, if a little pricy for the portion size. They also brought a complimentary piece of very delicious cake since we were celebrating a birthday! I would definitely return for another special occasion.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

When you book, choose your table, perimeter of the room. Portions modest. Bread not extraordinary. No expectation of reggiano, you have to ask. High price point, value - meh

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This place is so special in every way. From the Valet Parking Attendant, the Coat Check person, the host & hostess, all the servers and of course our meal, out visit was outstanding. You cannot go wrong in selecting this place. A Buffalo gem!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We went for my aunts 60th birthday and the service and food was outstanding. Better than most restaurants in Manhattan.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

My first time there and the staff was very nice friendly and knowledgeable. Greeted by very friendly staff and the bartender Jim, was great! Our waitress Carlene was funny friendly and extremely personable. She made our dining experience wonderful! I will definitely go back and will tell everyone to try Lombardo’s!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

This was our first visit to Lombardo’s but it won’t be our last. We have been disappointed with other Italian restaurants since moving to this area recently, most had few creative dishes on the menu and serverd rather stereotypical red sauce mediocrity. Not so here! We had a beautiful grilled octopus appetizer , a nice arugula salad( it was a bit heavy on the cheese served on top but the flavor was really nice). I had the gluten free pasta with cauliflower and brown butter. It was fabulous. Although it wasn’t orecchiete as billed, it was fresh made in house and cooked perfectly al dente. What a treat! The affogato sundae for dessert was heavenly. And my new favorite cocktail is their Banal spritz; delicious. Our server, Chris , couldn’t have been more attentive, and we were greeted and dipatched warmly by Tommy Lombardo. It was just a great evening in a great atmosphere with terrific food. We were made to feel at home and served a wonderful meal like we were friends. You can’t beat that! Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Absolutely outstanding!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Incredible food and atmosphere. Staff was so friendly and will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Good food. Great service. Pricey on weekend. I’ll try the Pris Fix Monday through Thursday next time.

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